Champion to refurbish gymnasium

CHAMPION — The Board of Education is looking to have improvements made to the high school gymnasium ceiling and has approved BSHM Architects to proceed with developing bid specifications for the project.

BSHM Architects developed the design for the new PK-8 school complex under construction off state Route 45, which is set to be completed this summer.

“The ceiling is peeling and has become very unattractive and needs redone,” Champion Local Schools Superintendent Pamela Hood said at this week’s meeting, noting the ceiling has been there for more than 50 years.

Brett Hendricks of BSHM made recommendations to the board on the best solution to refurbish the ceiling. She said the ceiling will not be replaced, but coated with a recommended fabric. The project would be completed this summer.

The board also approved seeking proposals for new high school gymnasium bleachers to also enhance the gym.

The board also approved BSHM Architects for preparing final specifications for the high school parking lot and paving project to be completed this summer in preparation for the nearby school complex.

In other business, the board:

• Approved proceeding with purchase of two new school buses at $70,000 each through the Trumbull County Bus Consortium. Buses are replaced based on mileage, condition and maintenance costs;

• Approved overnight field trip to Sutton Bay in Traverse City, Mich., for seventh to 12th grade science club and Envirothon students May 9 to 12, 2019. Cost is $200 per student paid by parents;

• Reported the two new fields in memory of board members Larry Durch and Roger Samuelson are set to be ready for use in two weeks, weather permitting;

• Announced staff from the elementary and middle schools will tour the new school complex Friday to see their new rooms for next school year. There is early release for students that day;

• Approved NEOMIN Internet Service contract from July 2018 to June 2023 at annual cost of $35,928.